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Second X1 vs Ashford Athletic

Match Date: 20 October 2018
Score: 3-0

Our 2nd visit to Ashford in as many weeks saw us travel to Towers school to take on AFC Ashford Athletic. On arrival and viewing the pitch this had every chance of being a difficult day for us, although the 3G surface has suited our play in the past this pitch was considerably smaller in size than what we have become accustomed to. We fielded as strong as side as we could with Kaiyo Peeke and Maxwell Smith being promoted to the 1st team for the first time this season (congrats lads) and due to several late arrivals, a reshuffle of plans took place just before kick off, giving unexpected starts for some. We started the game strongly creating several chances mainly from long range, Brodie and Harry Collins forcing the keeper into saves with well struck shots from outside of the area, and a rally of good crosses from deep free kicks and corners continuing to put the Ashford back four under severe pressure, Ben Reader narrowly missing with a header from an Ellis Chidley corner as it seemed it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was to be broken, but still the Ashford back line stood strong. Some neat play through our midfield saw a good one, two on the edge of the area between Ellis & Aye, Aye's pass back to Ellis was near perfect giving him the chance to round the oncoming keeper to leave an open net, the keeper just getting his finger tips to the ball was just enough to foil Ellis, but the pressure was continuing to mount. Our midfield play was increasingly taking further grip on the game which was to be the catalyst that saw us open the scoring with good and patient possession play midway in the Ashford half, an exchange of play between Ross Borg on the right hand side with Brodie and Ellis, it was Ellis's slide rule pass finding Luke Sellins coming in from his wide left position to finish side footed past the advancing keeper to make it 1-0, it was great play, a great finish and a well deserved goal. This was to bring a change in personnel, on come late arrivals Kenny & Kala. Kala taking his position in the heart of defense and Kenny wide on the right where he was to form an impressive partnership with right sided defender Ross, it was on this side we took the game firmly away from Ashford. A neat pass down the line see Kenny pick the ball up and turn 10 yards inside the Ashford half and dancing past the incoming defenders, advancing with pace into the the opposing area he rounded the last defender and finished with aplomb to make it 2 - 0, a great individual effort(and goal celebration) which took us into the break with a comprehensive 2- 0 lead. The 2nd half saw us change to an experimental 4-4-2 formation with Harry C making way for Chris Carcary to play in a strikers roll alongside the improving Aye, and it wasn't long before the two of them offered us some slightly different options, being able to play the ball through the middle with both Aye & Chris holding the ball up for the advancing Brodie who continued to create in probably his best performance of his season so far. It was this creativity that brought about our 3rd and final goal. Brodie beating his counter parts with regularity he managed to get the ball wide left where a low cross brought mass confusion in the Ashford area where Aye was on hand to poke the ball into the net with a goal his performance deserved. 3-0 and comfortable we continued to create and play positive possession football. Ross Borg consistently over lapping and beating his man on the right continued to create chances and narrowly missing with a well struck right footed shot from long range with a man of the match performance and just reward for his efforts. Kenny's unselfish work in front of Ross saw him consistently covering at right back proving that his fitness is returning which bodes well for upcoming weeks. Solid at the back keeping a clean sheet, creative possession football in midfield and clinical finishing, a very good day for the Bears 
Match report by Brehnan Chidley